Why Do You Help?

A week ago, I was part of a team that drove to Houston to help with the flood relief efforts. Let me begin with recognizing Cypress United Methodist Church in Cypress, TX (northwest Houston), who showed us incredible hospitality. Their pastors, staff, and the church have committed a tremendous amount of resources in hosting teams,…

Katrina + 10

It’s hard to believe that it’s been 10 years since Hurricane Katrina made her destructive presence known to the coast. There are many articles and stories about the storm right now and what was done in the aftermath of the devastation. At the time, I was part of an organization that was to have their…

Missing What’s Right in Front of Us

We attended a Twins baseball game and a 10 year old-ish kid was sitting in front of me.  He “watched” almost the entire game on his phone.  He tracked the game on a Major League Baseball app that shows all kinds of information and stats about the game — that was right in front of…

Missed Opportunities

I was visiting a large city for a conference and decided to go out for a morning walk. A scruffy man was walking toward me and I forgot that I wasn’t in the Dakotas and gave him a cheery, “Good Morning!” He stopped and said, “Thank you and good morning to you.” I was feeling…

Why Not Me?

I’ve come to a realization.  I’m going to die.  Don’t take this the wrong way – I’m not hoping to die or making plans but I, like all of you, are going to die.  Because I’m incredibly strange, I find this simple realization to be energizing.  It means I need to lead a better life…

Doesn’t Match

Heard someone on radio say that is like trying to put a Band-Aid over a bullet hole.  While that may be a graphic image, it reminded me of a couple times where the help may not have fit perfectly. Dad was always looking for projects and heard about making a table with the base made…